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Porsche Exclusive to Produce New 911 Speedster

I’m not sure how a 201,000-euro convertible Porsche sits alongside Max Hoffman’s 1950s concept of a light, lower-cost version of the 356, but Porsche will unveil a new ‘Speedster’ at this year’s Paris Show.

The fourth model to carry the famous name, the latest Speedster will also feature a cut-down, more raked windscreen and a manually operated hood covered by characteristic ‘double-bubble’ humps on the rear bodywork.

The car will come only in two-wheel drive, and the rear wheelarches have been extended by 44mm for an extra-butch stance on the road. Increased performance over standard comes courtesy of an engine specification from the recently announced Carrera GTS.

As standard, the limited-edition (to just 356 examples) roadster will have almost every extra in Porsche’s bulging catalogue. This includes Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake discs, a PDK 7-speed transmission, Porsche Active Suspension Management and a differential lock.

Porsche Exclusive to Produce New 911 Speedster Porsche Exclusive to Produce New 911 Speedster Porsche Exclusive to Produce New 911 Speedster

This, and the exclusivity, partly explains the eye-watering price: 201,682 euros including VAT in Germany.

The last limited-run car produced by Porsche Classic was the similarly expensive 911 Sport Classic. The offshoot of Porsche will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2011.

Inside the car, a chequered flag motif features large, with black and white inserts in the seats. A new colour - unique to the new Speedster - ‘Pure Blue’ is standard, although Carrera White is a no-cost option. The car will be available to order later this year for deliveries in 2011, the year when it is anticipated the Stuttgart manufacturer will launch an all-new 911.

Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos/Video: Porsche

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